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6/22/2007 12:04:36 PM
Home School Legal Defense Association
Louisiana--Update on TOPS Bill

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June 22, 2007

Louisiana--Update on TOPS Bill

Dear HSLDA members and friends:

Thank you for your calls.

Due in great part to the hard work of CHEF of Louisiana and others,
House Bill 634 passed the Senate Education Committee today. The bill
should go to the Senate floor Monday. At this time no more calls are
needed.

We believe House Bill 634 has enough support to pass the full Senate,
thanks to your calls and the work of those at the capitol. If any
action is needed we will let you know.

The final version of House Bill 634 will eliminate the sunset clause
in the current law and make it possible for homeschool students to be
eligible for TOPS aid if they score between 1 to 2 points higher on
the ACT than public school students, depending on the TOPS award.

While homeschoolers are currently required to score 2 points higher on
the ACT than public school students, beginning in the 2007-2008 school
year homeschoolers will revert back to a 3 point differential unless
House Bill 634 passes.

While this bill would not completely remove the requirement that
homeschool students score higher than public school students to be
eligible for the same awards, this bill moves the TOPS eligibility
requirements in the right direction. Since homeschool students are not
required to meet the Louisiana public school core content standards in
their high school studies to be eligible for TOPS awards, some
difference in the required ACT scores is acceptable for this freedom.

If you are not yet a member of HSLDA and would like to help us fight
for greater parental rights and homeschool freedom in Louisiana please
visit http://www.hslda.org/join/apply.asp .

Thank you for your part in working towards greater freedom in
Louisiana!

Sincerely,

Thomas J. Schmidt
HSLDA Staff Attorney

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